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23 May 2017

Daimler begins construction on battery factory in Germany

Ars technica / Reuters

Daimler started building a new 500 million euro battery factory in the East German town of Kamenz. The site is the carmaker's second factory for lithium batteries and should be operational by the middle of 2018, quadrupling production, according to a Reuters report. But it still relies on imported battery cells. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who laid a foundation stone, said Germany and its car industry must invest heavily to ensure it is not left behind by the shift to electric cars, reports Emma Thomasson.

Read the Reuters article in English here and an article in ars technica here.

For an overview of the energy transition in the car industry, read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers and the Factsheet Reluctant Daimler plans "radical" push into new mobility world.

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